I’ve come across numerous business mantras over the years, but one that has always stuck with me is ‘Always be learning’.
It highlights the importance of being open to discovering new things. Each and every one of us has the capacity to learn something new. Our minds are sponges, ready to soak up knowledge. I learn something from every single client I meet.
Being receptive to learning helps us grow, which in business is one of the keys to success. So, here are some of the ways in which you can turn learning into a daily habit.
Learn from everyone
Think of every interaction with another person as an opportunity to learn. Whether it’s discovering a new perspective on a subject or opening your mind to new opportunities, being curious about other people’s thoughts and beliefs will help to broaden your knowledge.
The principle of learning from everyone extends beyond just face-to-face meetings. Take the time to curate content from thought leaders and people you admire. Whether it’s blogs, podcasts, or videos, hearing about other people’s journeys can help guide you through yours.
Try something new
As the saying goes, ‘if nothing changes, nothing changes’. Being open to experimenting with new approaches to thinking and processes can lead to happy accidents that benefit you and your business.
So, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and explore new avenues. Equally, don’t be afraid to fail as that is simply another opportunity to learn. After all, the only way to truly know if a different approach is beneficial to your growth is to try it.
Embrace group learning
Think of your team as an untapped knowledge resource. Putting aside the time to come together as a group to collaborate on a project can be a fantastic way to learn from each other.
Lunch and learn get-togethers, for example, are an opportunity to uncover varied skill sets and share different ways of approaching problems that wouldn’t be uncovered in a standard one-to-one meeting. To get the most from these sessions, be sure to give everyone the chance to speak and an opportunity to shine.
Sure, you will learn from listening, but nothing helps embed new knowledge more than probing deeper.
Asking questions and being curious to discover can help turn every interaction into a learning experience. This is particularly true in one-to-one situations with mentors or fellow business leaders.
Enquiring as to their approach to business growth or the ways in which they introduced positive changes to impact their personal and financial freedom can help inspire you to follow suit and transform your business in similar ways.
Want to find out more about how I can support you define a culture of learning and ensure that everyone buys into it? Get in touch.